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24.11.2015
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Environment – There are no jobs on a dead planet!

24 listopada 2015, wtorek,

Expressing ideas

When learning a foreign language, one of the most exciting things you can do is experiment with using the new language to communicate in class.  As a teacher, I’ve observed students often go through a process of re-examining their opinions and beliefs as they explore their ideas in a new tongue.

In this BritIt Blog post, read about the forthcoming Climate Change Conference then test your understanding of the vocabulary. Are you up to the environmental challenge?

Discuss really important issues with your students

Discuss really important issues with your students

Environmental concerns?

One of the most pressing issues of our time is undoubtedly the environment. Whether you live in a hand-built yurt in the middle of a forest or live in a city centre with all mod-cons, the environment does and will increasingly impact your life.

UN Climate Change Conference

Both the global temperature and global tensions about the issue of the environment are rising. This will be highlighted as world leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conference which will be held in Paris at the end of this month.

Paris Climate Change Conference - November 2015; Image credit: unfccc.int

Paris Climate Change Conference – November 2015; Image credit: unfccc.int

Set to last from 30 November until 11 December, the conference will be attended by over 190 heads of state hoping to create a universal, legally binding, action plan to reduce carbon emissions. Scientists have warned that if climate change continues it will soon become irreversible, so a universal agreement is urgently needed!

Quiz – Green Vocabulary  

It’s not surprising that climate change and the environment are hot topics in the media. You may well find yourself caught up in the debate in either your L1 (first language or mother tongue) or English. Take this short quiz and see what you can add to the debate!

1) C …………. F ………………. : the individual effect people have on climate change, based on how much carbon they are responsible for.

2) C………………. D ………………… : a gas which humans breathe out, known chemically as CO2.

3) The G……………… E………………….. : the heating of the planet caused by the sun’s rays (energy) being unable to escape.

4) D…………………….. : the large-scale cutting down of trees and forests.

The large-scale cutting down of trees and forests; Image credit: telegraph.co.uk

The large-scale cutting down of trees and forests; Image credit: telegraph.co.uk

5) R……………. R……………… : sources of energy such as solar energy and wind power.

6) F…………………… F …………………. : energy sources such as coal, oil and gas.

7) O…………………….. : a way of producing food that doesn’t use chemicals (clue: this is often mis-translated as ‚ecological’!)

A way of producing food that doesn’t use chemicals; Image credit: mothereartnews.com

A way of producing food that doesn’t use chemicals; Image credit: mothereartnews.com

8) E ………………………. : a system where animals and plants support each other.

9) S…………………….. L ……………….. : a way of life which doesn’t have a negative effect on the plant or on other people.

10) E……………….. S……………………. : animals which may soon disappear from the planet.

Animals which may soon disappear from the planet; Image credit: worldlandtrust.org

Animals which may soon disappear from the planet; Image credit: worldlandtrust.org

Check your answers:

1) Carbon footprint

2) Carbon dioxide

3) Greenhouse effect

4) Deforestation

5) Renewable resources

6) Fossil fuels

7) Organic

8) Ecosystem

9) Sustainable living

10) Endangered species

Are you ready to save the planet? Image credit: naturallyearthfriendly.com

Are you ready to save the planet? Image credit: naturallyearthfriendly.com

How are your green credentials?

8-10 Very impressive! You can enter an environmental themed debate will all the necessary vocabulary to get your point across.

4-7 Not bad, but you might want to read up a little more.

1-3 This is one of the most important issues. Try expanding your English vocabulary about the topic of the environment.

 

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